Unfortunately it didn't arrive for me but Ed a Lounger who asked me to post for him as he is currently travelling.
With his permission I'm posting our email exchanges which led him to this choice.
Ed: I wanted your advice on a Quai de L'ile please. Solid or transparent and what combo? I'm not for the annual calendar and like the simple date model. The boutique just got a solid dial titanium bezel, dial and crown with rose flanks and numbers and hands. Thoughts please?
Me: I'm a huge Quai de l'Ile fan but prefer much more the open dial versions. The automatic date is also a great watch and I used to have an all palladium version (which I sold to get the day/date model).
To tell you the truth I'm not a fan of the models with rose flanks, I much prefer the case to be in RG or palladium with titanium flanks. The all palladium is really nice too (scan attached)
Ed: There is one of the limited tantalum palladium models at the boutique. What is your opinion of this one? Sapphire dial. Date only
Me: Love it and if I had the funds would have got it!!!!!
Ed: Why do you like it so much?
Me: Because it is a phenomenally gorgeous watch, its sleek, elegant, modern and the bluish tint of the tantalum is pure joy
After a few days got the following mail:
Ed: Got myTantalum/Palladium Quai d L'ille! What a great day! WOOHOO! So beautiful. Just love it!